Do Women Earn 23% Or 4% Less Than Men?

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(Washington, D.C.) President Obama signed to executive orders Tuesday which he says will strengthen existing equal pay laws.

Both actions could make it easier for people who work for federal contractors to see how much their colleagues are making.

The move comes on what is dubbed “Equal Pay Day” and as part of Obama’s push to ensure women earn equal pay for equal work.

The White House says women earn 77% of what men earn.

CBS News however reports the 2012 Bureau of Labor Statistics report showed single women who have never married earned 96% of what men earn.

CBS reporter Major Garrett said, “In an analysis of White House salaries, which nobody here disputes, shows that the median income of female staffers is 88 percent of that of male staffers.”

Garrett says the White House explains the pay gap with its female employees by saying it is due to, ” job experience, education, and hours worked among other factors. This matters because those explanations, according to the Labor Department, explain a good deal of the gender pay gap nationally. The big difference in these stories: When President Obama discusses this issue nationally, he doesn’t mention those other work variables, only the broad figure, that 77 cents for every dollar is what women earn compared to men.”

Those who say the size of the pay gap is closer to 4% agree, saying when numbers are crunched by some groups, it’s an apples to oranges comparison.

Those standing beside claims of inequality however say no matter what a woman may choose, whether to be single, married or have children, they should always earn the ame amount of money as a man.


  • Bill

    Staff a Firestation Downtown with an all Female force and let a fire breakout in a highrise. Tell me if they deserve the same pay as FiremEn?

  • Simon Cavalletto

    Does this headline contain a typographic error? As far as I can see, nobody is suggesting a 33% gap. “33% less” would be 67 cents on the dollar, whereas the actually cited number of 77 cents suggests a gap of 23%.

  • mcavalletto

    Does WREG make a practice of not running correction notices?

    The earlier version of this headline said “33%”, and then after I pointed out the typographic error it was changed to “23%” — but you failed to include a comment or correction line indicating that it had previously been incorrect.

    There is an “updated on” datestamp in the header, but it’s set to a time before my comment pointing out the error — you just silently erased your mistake.

    Is this standard practice for

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